With Ben Lomond in the background, Alan Turner started ploughing in preparation for the sowing of milling oats at East Moss-side Farm, near Thornhill, Stirlingshire, recently in near perfect ploughing conditions Ref:RH050215006
AS I write this column, the fighting in Eastern Ukraine has intensified and European, Russian, and Ukrainian governments are in Munich trying to hammer out a settlement to avoid greater bloodshed, with over 5000 dead since April.
SEPTORIA REMAINS a primary target for wheat growers given the threat of yield losses as large as 50% in severely affected crops,but now a new adjuvant promises to help in the fight and reduce fungicide costs.
As spring approaches, growers' thoughts will soon be turning to plans to deal with weeds in wheat and barley crops - and with autumn-sown crops, people are waiting to see how they come out of the winter before finalising spraying decisions.
LAST AUTUMN'S fine sowing weather made for good crop establishment, followed by a rather benign winter, could lead to a higher than normal lodging risks in winter cereals this season, according to a leading independent expert.
THE LATEST 'Spring barley growing for the market' guide from breeders, Limagrain UK, is aimed at providing growers with the most up-to-date technical information on spring barley varieties, their agronomy and markets.
BACK IN harness following the festive period, it is good to note that for the first time in living memory the number of dairy animals has increased by 9646 head from the 2013 figure and it is also the highest there has been since 1997.